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World Action on Salt & Health

World Salt Awareness Week

Salt Awareness Week will take place 8 - 14 March 2021 and this year our theme is 'More Flavour, Less Salt'!

The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, including how we eat. Restrictions put in place to help slow the spread of the virus have meant that rather than socialising and eating in restaurants, cafes and outdoor markets, we are now spending more time at home. With this increased time at home has come an increase in home cooking and an opportunity to hone our favourite recipes or even get creative in the kitchen with new recipes and flavours.

It may seem as though the only way to add flavour to home-cooked meals is with a big pinch of salt, but there are so many other ways to ensure your food packs a flavour punch! This Salt Awareness Week, we will be providing simple tips to help you use less salt, including:

  • Replacing salt with chilli, citrus, fresh herbs, garlic, black pepper and spices
  • Cutting back on sauces such as soy sauce, ketchup and salad dressings which can contain lots of hidden salt
  • Using lower salt-stocks, or making your own low-salt stock

And remember – ALL salt is salt (even the posh sea, rock and pink salts!) but there are low-sodium alternatives for those who need a little more time to adjust to a less salty taste.

This Salt Awareness Week, help us celebrate home cooking – the meals that shape our cultures and societies, the meals we grew up with and the recipes we’ve tried and loved. All with More Flavour, Less Salt!

We will be releasing our poster for the week soon, and translations will be available. Please contact wash@qmul.ac.uk for more information.

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